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CACHE/Health and Social Care

Subject Leader: Miss J Wisdom

Key Stage 4

CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care

Exam Board: CACHE
Level: 2 

Course Overview

This course provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. This includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study. 
There are 3 units:

  • An Introduction to working with children 0-5 years.
  • Development and well-being 0-5 years.
  • Child care and development 0-5 years.

Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed coursework grades A* to D, while unit 3 is externally assessed through a short answer question.

Assessment: 50% examination, 50% controlled assessment.

 

Key Stage 5 

BTEC Health and Social Care Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

BTEC Nationals are vocational qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. This course offers students the opportunity to learn about concepts related to human development, health, safety, security, issues such as equality, diversity and the various social care and health care provisions in the UK. The Extended Certificate requires students to complete four units over 2 years. These are assessed via external exams and internal marked coursework. These include compulsory units:

  • Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (external examination).
  • Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (external examination).
  • Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (internally marked coursework).
  • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and Their care (internally marked coursework).

Assessment: 50% external exam and 50% coursework.

 

NCFE CACHE Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

Exam Board: NCFE CACHE
Level: 3

Course Overview

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years.  Upon achievement of the qualification, learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.

The course has 750 hours of real work environment experience that will be assessed through placement hours and observations. 

Assessment:  Portfolio of evidence – graded A*-D. 

These are internally assessed. Professional Practice Portfolio – graded Achieved / Not Yet Achieved; Synoptic assessments at the end of each year.  This is externally set and externally assessed. These contribute 30.8% towards the final qualification grade for the diploma.

Units 1-7 are completed during the first year and Units 9-14 are completed during the second year.

 

Curriculum Content

Year 9 CACHE level 2

Term 1: Unit 2 - Outline the three key child development theories.
Term 2: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of physical development (task 1).
Term 3: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of intellectual development (task 1).
Term 4: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of language development (task 1).
Term 5: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of social and emotional development (task 1).
Term 6: Unit 2 - Evaluation of observation methods (task 2).

 

Year 10 CACHE level 2 

Term 1: Unit 2 - Explain ways observations can support development (task 2).
Term 2: Unit 2 - Factors that affect holistic development (task 3).
Term 3: Unit 2 - Activities to support care needs and well-being (task 4).
Term 4: Unit 2 - Transitions and the effect they can have on a child's development and ways a childcare worker can support the child (task 5).
Term 5: Unit 1 - Roles and responsibilities of a child care worker and the consequences of not maintaining them (task 2).
Term 6: Unit 1 - Identify study skills and learning styles (task 4).

 

Year 11 CACHE Level 2 

Term 1: Unit 1 - Preparation for working in a child care provision (task 2).
             Unit 3 - preparation and revision for the first attempt at the short answer examination.
Term 2: Unit 1 - Roles and responsibilities of a childcare worker and the concequences of maintaining them (task 2).
Term 3: Identify how to meet the individual needs of children and the responsibility of the childcare worker
             linked to inclusion and diversity (task 4).
Term 4: Unit 1 and 2 reflection and upgrades through revision for the short answer examination.
Term 5: Unit 1 and 2 reflection and upgrades through revision for the short answer examination.
Term 6: Unit 3 - Examination resit for those who require it.
 

Sixth Form Provision

BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care Extended Certificate

Year 12

Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development

  • Human growth and development through the life stages.
  • Factors affecting human growth and development.
  • Effects of ageing.

Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and Their Care

  • Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders.
  • Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders.
  • Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders.
  • Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorder to meet their needs.
     

Year 13

Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care

  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of people who work in the health and social care sector.
  • Research the roles of organisations in the health and social care sector.
  • Investigate ways of working with people with specific needs in the health and social care sector.


Unit 5 Meeting individual Care and Support Needs

  • Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the care and support needs of individuals.
  • Examine the ethical issues involved when providing care and support to meet individual needs.
  • Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges.
  • Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs.


Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their care

  • Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders.
  • Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders.
  • Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders.
  • Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs.

 

NCFE CACHE Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

Year 12

Unit 1 - Child development from conception to seven years

  • Have an understanding of the patterns of development, developmental checks and the factors that affect development.
  • Explore a variety of development theories.

Unit 2 - Children's health and well-being

  • Investigate children's needs in relation to emotional well-being and during transition.
  • Explore physical needs and the impact of the environment on the health and well-being of children.
  • Examine the impact of diet and exercise on health.

Unit 3 - Providing safe environments for children

  • Explore safeguarding and child protection in relation to legislation, frameworks, policies and procedures and the roles and responsibilities of the child care worker.
  • Investigate the purpose of serious case review.

Unit 4 - Child health

  • Examine common illnesses, how to recognise them, immunisation and the procedures for reporting diseases.
  • Investigate the responsibilities of the early years practitioner in relation to health promotion, supporting children for hospital admission and providing routines for children who are ill.

Unit 5 - Play and learning

  • Exploration of play including the stages, types, theoretical perspecives of play and how to make it inclusive.
  • Investigate the rights of children, current frameworks and the early years practitioners' responsibilities in relation to play, learning and an enabling environment.

Unit 6 - Understanding children's additional needs

  • Research biological and environmental factors that affect development.
  • Explore what is meant by inclusive practice, reflecting on the practitioners responsibilities to meet the needs of children with additional needs and the role of the intervention they provide.

Unit 7 - Observation, assessment and planning

  • Explore types of observation and the role of the observation cycle and child centred planning.
  • Investigate the professional skills required for effective observation.

CCE1 - Synoptic exam based on Units 1-7

 

Year 13

Unit 9 - Supporting emergent literacy

  • Explore the language, communication and literacy needs of children and the roles of the practitioner to support the child's development.
  • Investigate partnership working and inclusive practice in relation to emergent literacy.

Unit 10 - Supporting emergent mathematics

  • Explore emergent mathematics and the role of the practitioner to support and promote the child's development.
  • Investigate partnership working and inclusive practice in relation to emergent mathematics.

Unit 11 - Preparing for school readiness

  • Investigate ways to support children to be school ready in relation to current framework.
  • Explore factors that affect children's readiness for school and how partnership working and the role of the early years practitioner benefits the child.

Unit 12 - International perspectives

  • Explore a variety of international perspectives and theoretical approaches to child development and the different ways they learn.

Unit 13 - Reflective practice for professional development

  • Explore the theories of reflective practice and how they can inform continuing professional development.
  • Research the variety of job opportunities in early years in relation to education, health and social care.

Unit 14 - Professional partnerships in Early Years

  • Investigate a variety of family structures within the context of the legal framework.
  • Explore the role of the practitioner in relation to partnership working including its benefits and challenges.

DCE2 - Synoptic exam based on Units 9-14

Unit 16 - Professional Practice Portfolio

 

Useful Website Links

Age Concern
Government Department of Health 
Health and Safety Executive
Equal Opportunities Commission 
Linkability
Royal National Institute of Blind People
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Skills for Health
Edexcel Website
Baby Centre
Cache.org
 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

SBillingham et al – BTEC National Health and Social Care Student Book 1 (Pearson, 2016) ISBN 978 129212 601 2 
 

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Support is offered to students during lunch and after school sessions that take place on a Friday.